THE BIBLE - DOUAY-RHEIMS - BOOK 7
THE BIBLE - DOUAY-RHEIMS - BOOK 7
THE HOLY BIBLE
Translated from the Latin Vulgate
Diligently Compared with the Hebrew Greek
and Other Editions in Divers Languages
THE OLD TESTAMENT
First Published by the English College at Douay
A.D. 1609 & 1610
THE NEW TESTAMENT
First Published by the English College at Rheims
The Whole Revised and Diligently Compared with
the Latin Vulgate by Bishop Richard Challoner
THE BOOK OF JUDGES
This Book is called JUDGES because it contains the history of what
passed under the government of the judges who ruled Israel before they
had kings. The writer of it according to the more general opinion was
the prophet Samuel.
Judges Chapter 1
The expedition and victory of Juda against the Chanaanites: who are
tolerated in many places.
1:1. After the death of Josue the children of Israel consulted the
Lord saying: Who shall go up before us against the Chanaanite and
shall be the leader of the war?
1:2. And the Lord said: Juda shall go up: behold I have delivered the
land into his hands.
1:3. And Juda said to Simeon his brother: Come up with me into my lot
and fight against the Chanaanite that I also may go along with thee
into thy lot. And Simeon went with him.
1:4. And Juda went up and the Lord delivered the Chanaanite and the
Pherezite into their hands: and they slew of them in Bezec ten thousand
1:5. And they found Adonibezec in Bezec and fought against him and
they defeated the Chanaanite and the Pherezite.
1:6. And Adonibezec fled: and they pursued after him and took him and
cut off his fingers and toes.
1:7. And Adonibezec said: Seventy kings having their fingers and toes
cut off gathered up the leavings of the meat under my table: as I have
done so hath God requited me. And they brought him to Jerusalem and
he died there.
1:8. And the children of Juda besieging Jerusalem took it and put it
to the sword and set the whole city on fire.
Jerusalem... This city was divided into two; one part was called Jebus
the other Salem: the one was in the tribe of Juda the other in the
tribe of Benjamin. After it was taken and burnt by the men of Juda it
was quickly rebuilt again by the Jebusites as we may gather from ver.
21; and continued in their possession till it was taken by king David.
1:9. And afterwards they went down and fought against the Chanaanite
who dwelt in the mountains and in the south and in the plains.
1:10. And Juda going forward against the Chanaanite that dwelt in
Hebron (the name whereof was in former times Cariath-Arbe) slew Sesai
and Ahiman and Tholmai:
Hebron... This expedition against Hebron etc. is the same as is
related Jos. 15.24. It is here repeated to give the reader at once a
short sketch of all the achievements of the tribe of Juda against the
1:11. And departing from thence he went to the inhabitants of Dabir
the ancient name of which was Cariath-Sepher that is the city of
The city of letters... Perhaps so called from some famous school or
library kept there.
1:12. And Caleb said: He that shall take Cariath-Sepher and lay it
waste to him will I give my daughter Axa to wife.
1:13. And Othoniel the son of Cenez the younger brother of Caleb
having taken it he gave him Axa his daughter to wife.
1:14. And as she was going on her way her husband admonished her to ask
a field of her father. And as she sighed sitting on her ass Caleb said
to her: What aileth thee?
1:15. But she answered: Give me a blessing for thou hast given me a dry
land: give me also a watery land So Caleb gave her the upper and the
nether watery ground.
1:16. And the children of the Cinite the kinsman of Moses went up from
the city of palms with the children of Juda into the wilderness of his
lot which is at the south side of Arad and they dwelt with him.
The Cinite... Jethro the father in law of Moses was called Cinoeus or
the Cinite; and his children who came along with the children of Israel
settled themselves among them in the land of Chanaan embracing their
worship and religion. From these the Rechabites sprung of whom see Jer.
35.-Ibid. The city of palms... Jericho so called from the abundance of
1:17. And Juda went with Simeon his brother and they together defeated
the Chanaanites that dwelt in Sephaath and slew them. And the name of
the city was called Horma that is Anathema.
1:18. And Juda took Gaza with its confines and Ascalon and Accaron
with their confines.
Gaza etc... These were three of the principal cities of the
Philistines famous both in sacred and profane history. They were taken
at this time by the Israelites: but as they took no care to put
garrisons in them the Philistines soon recovered them.
1:19. And the Lord was with Juda and he possessed the hill country: but
was not able to destroy the inhabitants of the valley because they had
many chariots armed with scythes.
Was not able etc... Through a cowardly fear of their chariots armed
with hooks and scythes and for want of confidence in God.
1:20. And they gave Hebron to Caleb as Moses had said who destroyed
out of it the three sons of Enac.
1:21. But the sons of Benjamin did not destroy the Jebusites that
inhabited Jerusalem: and the Jebusite hath dwelt with the sons of
Benjamin in Jerusalem until this present day.
1:22. The house of Joseph also went up against Bethel and the Lord was
1:23. For when they were besieging the city which before was called
1:24. They saw a man coming out of the city and they said to him: Shew
us the entrance into the city and we will shew thee mercy.
1:25. And when he had shewed them they smote the city with the edge of
the sword: but that man and all his kindred they let go:
1:26. Who being sent away went into the land of Hetthim and built
there a city and called it Luza: which is so called until this day.
1:27. Manasses also did not destroy Bethsan and Thanac with their
villages; nor the inhabitants of Dor and Jeblaam and Mageddo with
their villages. And the Chanaanite began to dwell with them.
1:28. But after Israel was grown strong he made them tributaries and
would not destroy them.
1:29. Ephraim also did not slay the Chanaanite that dwelt in Gazer but
dwelt with him.
1:30. Zabulon destroyed not the inhabitants of Cetron and Naalol: but
the Chanaanite dwelt among them and became their tributary.
1:31. Aser also destroyed not the inhabitants of Accho and of Sidon of
Ahalab and of Achazib and of Helba and of Aphec and of Rohob:
1:32. And he dwelt in the midst of the Chanaanites the inhabitants of
that land and did not slay them.
1:33. Nephthali also destroyed not the inhabitants of Bethsames and of
Bethanath: and he dwelt in the midst of the Chanaanites the inhabitants
of the land and the Bethsamites and Bethanites were tributaries to him.
1:34. And the Amorrhite straitened the children of Dan in the mountain
and gave them not a place to go down to the plain:
1:35. And he dwelt in the mountain Hares that is of potsherds in
Aialon and Salebim. And the hand of the house of Joseph was heavy upon
him and he became tributary to him.
He dwelt... That is the Amorrhite.
1:36. And the border of the Amorrhite was from the ascent of the
scorpion the rock and the higher places.
Judges Chapter 2
An angel reproveth Israel. They weep for their sins. After the death of
Josue they often fall and repenting are delivered from their
afflictions but still fall worse and worse.
2:1. And an angel of the Lord went up from Galgal to the place of
weepers and said: I made you go out of Egypt and have brought you into
the land for which I swore to your fathers: and I promised that I would
not make void my covenant with you for ever:
An angel... Taking the shape of a man.
2:2. On condition that you should not make a league with the inhabitants
of this land but should throw down their altars: and you would not hear
my voice: why have you done this?
2:3. Wherefore I would not destroy them from before your face; that you
may have enemies and their gods may be your ruin.
2:4. And when the angel of the Lord spoke these words to all the
children of Israel: they lifted up their voice and wept.
2:5. And the name of that place was called The place of weepers or of
tears: and there they offered sacrifices to the Lord.
2:6. And Josue sent away the people and the children of Israel went
every one to his own possession to hold it:
And Josue etc... This is here inserted out of Jos. 24 by way of
recapitulation of what had happened before and by way of an
introduction to that which follows.
2:7. And they served the Lord all his days and the days of the
ancients that lived a long time after him and who knew all the works
of the Lord which he had done for Israel.
2:8. And Josue the son of Nun the servant of the Lord died being a
hundred and ten years old;
2:9. And they buried him in the borders of his possession in
Thamnathsare in Mount Ephraim on the north side of Mount Gaas.
2:10. And all that generation was gathered to their fathers: and there
arose others that knew not the Lord and the works which he had done for
2:11. And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord and
they served Baalim
2:12. And they left the Lord the God of their fathers who had brought
them out of the land of Egypt: and they followed strange gods and the
gods of the people that dwelt round about them and they adored them:
and they provoked the Lord to anger
They followed strange gods... What is here said of the children of
Israel as to their falling so often into idolatry is to be understood
of a great part of them; but not so universally as if the true worship
of God was ever quite abolished among them: for the succession of the
true church and religion was kept up all this time by the priests and
Levites at least in the house of God in Silo.
2:13. Forsaking him and serving Baal and Astaroth
2:14. And the Lord being angry against Israel delivered them into the
hands of plunderers: who took them and sold them to their enemies that
dwelt round about: neither could they stand against their enemies:
2:15. But whithersoever they meant to go the hand of the Lord was upon
them as he had said and as he had sworn to them: and they were greatly
2:16. And the Lord raised up judges to deliver them from the hands of
those that oppressed them: but they would not hearken to them
2:17. Committing fornication with strange gods and adoring them. They
quickly forsook the way in which their fathers had walked: and hearing
the commandments of the Lord they did all things contrary.
2:18. And when the Lord raised them up judges in their days he was
moved to mercy and heard the groanings of the afflicted and delivered
them from the slaughter of the oppressors.
2:19. But after the judge was dead they returned and did much worse
things than their fathers had done following strange gods serving
them and adoring them. They left not their own inventions and the
stubborn way by which they were accustomed to walk.
2:20. And the wrath of the Lord was kindled against Israel and he said:
Behold this nation hath made void my covenant which I had made with
their fathers and hath despised to hearken to my voice:
2:21. I also will not destroy the nations which Josue left when he died:
2:22. That through them I may try Israel whether they will keep the way
of the Lord and walk in it as their fathers kept it or not.
2:23. The Lord therefore left all these nations and would not quickly
destroy them neither did he deliver them into the hands of Josue.
Judges Chapter 3
The people falling into idolatry are oppressed by their enemies; but
repenting are delivered by Othoniel Aod and Samgar.
3:1. These are the nations which the Lord left that by them he might
instruct Israel and all that had not known the wars of the Chanaanites:
3:2. That afterwards their children might learn to fight with their
enemies and to be trained up to war:
3:3. The five princes of the Philistines and all the Chanaanites and
the Sidonians and the Hevites that dwelt in Mount Libanus from Mount
Baal Hermon to the entering into Emath.
3:4. And he left them that he might try Israel by them whether they
would hear the commandments of the Lord which he had commanded their
fathers by the hand of Moses or not.
3:5. So the children of Israel dwelt in the midst of the Chanaanite and
the Hethite and the Amorrhite and the Pherezite and the Hevite and
3:6. And they took their daughters to wives and they gave their own
daughters to their sons and they served their gods.
3:7. And they did evil in the sight of the Lord and they forgot their
God and served Baalim and Astaroth.
3:8. And the Lord being angry with Israel delivered them into the hands
of Chusan Rasathaim king of Mesopotamia and they served him eight
Mesopotamia... In Hebrew Aramnaharim. Syria of the two rivers: so called
because it lies between the Euphrates and the Tigris. It is absolutely
called Syria ver. 10.
3:9. And they cried to the Lord who raised them up a saviour and
delivered them; to wit Othoniel the son of Cenez the younger brother
3:10. And the spirit of the Lord was in him and he judged Israel. And
he went out to fight and the Lord delivered Chusan Rasathaim king of
Syria and he overthrew him:
3:11. And the land rested forty years and Othoniel the son of Cenez
3:12. And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the
Lord: who strengthened against them Eglon king of Moab: because they
did evil in his sight.
3:13. And he joined to him the children of Ammon and Amalec: and he
went and overthrew Israel and possessed the city of palm trees.
3:14. And the children of Israel served Eglon king of Moab eighteen
3:15. And afterwards they cried to the Lord who raised them up a
saviour called Aod the son of Cera the son of Jemini who used the
left hand as well as the right. And the children of Israel sent
presents to Eglon king of Moab by him.
3:16. And he made himself a two-edged sword with a haft in the midst of
the length of the palm of the hand and was girded therewith under his
garment on the right thigh.
3:17. And he presented the gifts to Eglon king of Moab Now Eglon was
3:18. And when he had presented the gifts unto him he followed his
companions that came along with him.
3:19. Then returning from Galgal where the idols were he said to the
king: I have a secret message to thee O king. And he commanded silence:
and all being gone out that were about him
3:20. Aod went in to him: now he was sitting in a summer parlour alone
and he said: I have a word from God to thee. And he forthwith rose up
from his throne.
A word from God etc... What Aod who was judge and chief magistrate of
Israel did on this occasion was by a special inspiration of God: but
such things are not to be imitated by private men.
3:21. And Aod put forth his left hand and took the dagger from his
right thigh and thrust it into his belly
3:22. With such force that the haft went in after the blade into the
wound and was closed up with the abundance of fat. So that he did not
draw out the dagger but left it in the body as he had struck it in: and
forthwith by the secret parts of nature the excrements of the belly
3:23. And Aod carefully shutting the doors of the parlour and locking
3:24. Went out by a postern door. And the king's servants going in saw
the doors of the parlour shut and they said: Perhaps he is easing
nature in his summer parlour.
3:25. And waiting a long time till they were ashamed and seeing that
no man opened the door they took a key: and opening they found their
lord lying dead on the ground.
3:26. But Aod while they were in confusion escaped and passed by the
place of the idols from whence he had returned. And he came to Seirath:
3:27. And forthwith he sounded the trumpet in Mount Ephraim: and the
children of Israel went down with him he himself going in the front.
3:28. And he said to them: Follow me: for the Lord hath delivered our
enemies the Moabites into our hands. And they went down after him and
seized upon the fords of the Jordan which are in the way to Moab: and
they suffered no man to pass over:
3:29. But they slew of the Moabites at that time about ten thousand
all strong and valiant men: none of them could escape.
3:30. And Moab was humbled that day under the hand of Israel: and the
land rested eighty years.
3:31. After him was Samgar the son of Anath who slew of the
Philistines six hundred men with a ploughshare: and he also defended
Judges Chapter 4
Debbora and Barac deliver Israel from Jabin and Sisara Jahal killeth
4:1. And the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the Lord
after the death of Aod:
4:2. And the Lord delivered them up into the hands of Jabin king of
Chanaan who reigned in Asor: and he had a general of his army named
Sisara and he dwelt in Haroseth of the Gentiles.